Ray's musings and humor

Look behind the clouds. You will always find the stars.

Evelyn Loeb

 ! 00000 pick yourself up

While I am generally in a positive and optimistic mood I do like most people occasionally get into a funk. Over the years I have learned that I don’t have to dwell there very long. I find that instead of wallowing in the blahs I can find alternatives that are great mood changers. Instead of staying down on the bad days I like to pull myself backup and that alone is a great morale booster.

What about you? How do you turn what looks like a bad day into a good one? Here is how author Henrik Edberg does it, I think he is worth listening to.

How to Improve Your Mood Right Now: 3 Simple Habits

I often write about how a good start to your day often leads to having a good day in general. A social, an energetic or a productive start sets the context for your day. But on some days you may not get a good start for some reason. Maybe you slept badly. Or the maybe grey skies and cold spring rain is dragging your energy down. Or you might have lost that positive momentum during a hard first part of the day and after lunch you feel tired, low or lost in a somewhat sad or uninspired funk. What to do then? Is that day lost and should you just aim for a better day tomorrow? Well, today is not over yet.

Maybe you can still make something good out it. Here’s how I do that by breaking the negative mood and getting a new start.

Appreciate what you have.

The simplest of my most commonly used pick-me-ups. I take about 2 minutes and sit in silence. I tell myself: OK, I might not feel so good right now, but what can I be grateful for and appreciate in my life? I usually come up with one simple thing like:

My tasty food.

My health.

That I have a roof.

That one thing opens up my mind. It redirects my thoughts from the negativity. Then I build upon that one thing. I make mental jumps from the roof, to the warmth in our home, to the fluffy cat sitting beside me on the sofa, to that I can work from home as the rain pours outside. I make those small mental leaps by just moving my attention around in the room I am in. Like skipping from stone to stone over a stream. And I take the time to slowly appreciate all those things. This changes my mood to a happier, warmer and more open one.

Act as you would like to feel.

Emotions work backwards too. So if I want to become more positive or enthusiastic then I act in the manner of a person who is positive or enthusiastic. I might not feel like it. But I do it as best as I can anyway. I may for example:

Think of the task I have in front of me as something exciting and fun. Answer some emails or talk to someone in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Assume rapport if I feel unmotivated, negative or nervous before some kind of meeting (assuming rapport is to I think to myself that I am meeting one of my best friends just before the meeting and that puts me in the right mood and headspace).

Think for a minute and give someone a genuine compliment.

Here’s a fun one I use quite often and that will not only lift my own mood. Spend one minute coming up with something you really and genuinely appreciate about someone in your life that is in the same room as you at some point during the day. Then tell him or her the genuine compliment you have come up with.

She or he will be happy. You’ll feel good about yourself and get positive feelings too from the now smiling, happy and complimented person. And so the mood for the both of you is changed for the better.


You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

Ruth E. Renkl


Susie Sunshine asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Jimmie’s picture which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to represent. “The flight to Egypt.” said Jimmy.

“I see, and that must be Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus,” Ms Susie said. But who’s the fourth person?”

“Oh, that’s Pontius – the Pilot.”


What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money.

Henny Youngman


More signs from our time:

On the desk of a kindergarten teacher: THINK SMALL

Pawnshop sign: Please See Me At Your Earliest Inconvenience.

Sign in Office: The easiest way to make ends meet is to get off your own.

Sign at butcher shop: Honest scales–No Two Weighs About It.

Sign by stuffed fish on wall: If I had kept my mouth shut I wouldn’t be here.

Sign on travel agency window: Please Go Away!

Sign at Cafe: Eat here and you’ll never eat anyplace again!

Misprint on sign at drug store: You can be sure of having your prescriptions filled with scare and kill.

Sign in laundry window: We do not tear your laundry with machinery, we do it by hand.


Why is it called a TV “set” when you only get one?


Grandma Levy, always a regular synagogue member had finally talked her cousin, a woman who had lived a riotous, free life, into joining the Temple.

“Tell me Rabbi,” the old lady asked, “Do you feel that my cousin will have her sins forgiven after all those years?”

“Yes I do.  I’m positive of it.  You must remember that the greater the number of sins, the greater the glory.”

“Really Rabbi?”, the old lady replied thoughtfully. “I sure do wish I’d known that fifty years ago.”


If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?


When the car engine developed a slight knock, Kerry asked her husband if he had bought premium or regular gas, but he couldn’t remember.

“You probably got the cheaper gas,” she said. “That would account for the roughness of the engine.”

“No, the gas wasn’t cheaper!” he replied indignantly, “It cost the same as always. I put in the usual ten dollars worth.”


All I know is that you can’t keep moping around – you have to pick yourself up off the ground and go on – that’s what life is – getting knocked down over and over, and getting right back up to face whatever it decides to throw at you. It may not be nice, pretty, good, or what you want – but it’s what makes you who you are, and what makes life what it is.

Jennifer Spradling


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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